Christmas 2020 I was pleased to receive a Minelab Equinox 800. There was NO owners manual in the box, only online. OK, I’ll download it and print it off. RIGHT…it was 68 pages! I went back to the box and found the “Getting Started” brochure. It said do A,B,C, and D then go find treasure. I found bottle caps, brass from shotgun shells, crushed aluminum cans, a lead deer slug, a large bolt 8” long 7/8 diameter. Then I got a very “bright” signal 4” down returning a digital value of 34. Using a small trowel I made a careful dig. I flipped out a eccentric shaped object that looked like a partial aluminum can crushed and roughly circular. I decided to rub some of the dirt off with my thumb interested in what brand of soda or beer I had found. One light rub and OMG, OMG, OMG! Staring out of the dirt covered object was the Spanish Cross (Very similar to the Templar Cross). I immediately left going directly to a coin shop to have this appraised. The shop owner had software that easily identified the object.
Spanish Silver Cob Coin
Minted in Peru (Spanish Colony) in 1686
335 years old
Value was uncertain whereas it had been dug???
I saw the exact Cob Coin in an online auction where the next bid had to be $2,184 or higher.
I decided that this “First Find” would never be sold. It will be in my will for my daughter who has worked on archeological digs and has pieces in a museum. I had a jeweler mount the coin so that I could wear it as a pendant like Mel Fisher and his crew. Of course the BIG question is where does a rookie go from here? It is likely that it will take a looong time to match or exceed this exciting First Find. I have the bug!
By: Arthur M.